Want more points? Try our scavenger hunts! The answer to each question will be a Secret Code you can enter into your Summer Reading Challenge account. If you answer correctly, you'll be awarded 5 points. An incorrect answer will get an "invalid entry" message. Capitalization does not matter on the codes, but multiple words will need a space in between. Be sure to check your spelling!
San Jose History & Art Scavenger Hunt
Get out and explore historical San Jose! Visit each site described and look for a plaque or text description to answer the questions below:
- Site: Honeybee Plaque located at the San Jose International Airport - 1661 Airport Blvd, San Jose - outside Terminal C, Door #10 (the main entrance nearest to the Northwest Airlines ticket desk).
Question: According to the plaque, how many beehives were brought to California in 1853?
- Site: Plumed Serpent sculpture by Robert Graham located in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez.
Question: According to the inscription, what planet is associated with the plumed serpent, Quetzalcoatl?
- Site: First Broadcasting Station Plaque located at 50 West San Fernando St., San Jose near the entrance to the Knight-Ridder Building on the southwest corner of West San Fernando and South First Streets.
Question: According to the plaque, what is the last name of the man who established the first radio broadcasting station in 1909?
- Site: Carnegie History Window photograph located in the front window of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (4th St. side).
Question: According to the text with the photo, when was San Jose's first Carnegie library torn down?
- Site: Chinatown History Window photograph located along the Paseo de San Antonio walkway in front of the Fairmont Hotel.
Question: According to the text with the photo, in what year did San Jose's first Chinese community begin living here?
- Site: "Man on Fire: Dr. Ernesto Galarza" sculpture by Kim Yasuda located along the Paseo de San Antonio walkway between Market and 1st Streets.
Question: At the cast bronze chair at the head of the table is a poem by Dr. Galarza. What is the final word of the poem?
- Site: Muwekma Ohlone Tribute sculpture by Peter Schriffrin with Todd Andrews located along Park Avenue as it crosses the Guadalupe River Park.
Question: According to the inscription with the sculpture, what small bird is mentioned in the story?
- Site: Performing Arts plaza in front of the Center for Performing Arts.
Question: According to the dedication plaque, when did Maestro Cleve begin conducting the San jose Symphony?
- Site: California Bear sculpture located in the main plaza for the Center for Performing Arts.
Question: According to the inscription, what is the last name of the artist who sculpted the bear?
- Site: "The Way to San Jose" exhibit inside the Diridon Train Station.
Question: According to the exhibit, what was the name of the aviation field "selected as the city's first municipal airport in 1929"?
eResources Scavenger Hunt
- On Zinio, what is the title of the first Spanish language magazine? (it is two words)
- On Enki, what is the label on the fifth tab of featured titles that show book cover previews?
- On Biblioboard, what city is featured in the title of the first book shown under the "Indie California" curation?
- What is San Jose Public Library's handle on Instagram?
- On sjpl.org, you can translate the text of our website into different languages using Google Translate. What is the 2nd to last language featured in the menu?
- On PowerKnowledge Physical Science, play the "Isaac's Apples" game. According to the instructions at the start of the game, what year was Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion published?
- On Global Road Warrior, find the Country Travel Guides. What country is listed right before Mongolia?
- On MyHeritage Library Edition, from what year are the most recent U.S. Census records available?
- On Rock's Back Pages, find the "Magazine Archive". In the description at the top of the Magazine Archive request form, what is the title of the last magazine mentioned?
- On OverDrive's main page, what is the 3rd book title featured in the "Pulitzer Prize 2017" spotlight?